Quadrivial Quandary:  Logophiles, Rejoice!  Each day we give you four unusual words.  Can you fit them all in one illustrative sentence?

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And that was when the wooden man came ina life-sized artist's lay-figurenattily dressed in a blue three-piece suit, with a lilac cravat inside his unbuttoned shirt collar, a white Panama hat on his head and a pair of snowy deck-shoes, he was holding hands with two Meeces, one on either side and Ruby introduced him to the newcomers as Woody Pegg and he, in turn, introduced the Meeces as Pixie, to his right, and Dixie, his left, and several tables being pushed together, they joined the group and a sinuous young Gorillain the sun-flower yellow uniform of the Cafeteria Staffappeared, apologised for the delay in service, explaining that apparently a number of new Covid patients had just been admitted and the Cafeteria had been ordered to concentrate on catering for the friends and relatives thronging the Emergency Room, but extra staff had now arrived and the kitchen was able to supply it's own customers: "we have a lovely Neptunian Salad," she said, licking her lips to assure them that she knew what she was talking about, "or Plutonian Butternut Steaks with a gorgeous Jellystone Honey Sauce," and quickly noted on her pad the choice of each oneand when Pixie and Dixie asked particularly about Cheese, was able to satisfy them with Tuscaloosa Baked Potatoes and Blue Mountain Roquefortthen, while they waited for their food, the group discussed Roger Muddler, each of the locals telling the visitors, and each other, of some example of his corruption, his huge ego, his interference in the lawful business of law-abiding citizens: "he's a doggone kibitzer," said Woody, remembering the time he had been studying the deeds for a house he was interested in, when Muddler leaned over his shoulder, commented on the poor state of the roof, the windows, the chimneys, paintwork, garden and fencing to such an extent that Woody changed his mind about it and only discovered a week later that Muddler had bought it for considerably less than the asking-price, having deterred all other prospective buyers as well; "well, I know he's a snollygoster," opined Ruby, "in fact I'd go so far as to say that is what drives him, and Woody's experience matches that, the man is out for himself, not the people of Hanna Barbera," and Pixie and Dixie piped up: "he commissioned us to go into deep cover in that house where you were assaulted, Miss Murray, telling us that he was also trying to find out what had happened to Miss Montecello, our missing client, but when the cops jumped you, he told us to go back to our hole and threatened us with an Eviction Order if we told a living soul about what happened, and," with great emphasis, "he never paid us a cent!" to cries of "Shame!" and "Bastard!" and then Bob told them that he had it on very good authority from a Dolphin, whose cousin's sister's boy-friend's uncle's great-aunt twice, or maybe three-times removed had seen himMuddlerwearing an orange jump-suit when she was visiting her unfortunate sister's youngest in the State Pen, and only realised where she had seen him before when she saw his picture in the paper a fortnight ago wearing an orange jogging outfit for a charity half-marathon and showed the picture to her friends in their Retirement Home with the firm assertion that: "this rogue is a derwenter!" and the group shook their heads in amazement that an ex-con could reinvent himself as their town's County Prosecutor, but then MacFarlane asked innocently: "when was that, Bob, when the old Dolphin visited her nephew in the Pokey?" and Bob mulled over the question and in his mind reheard the tale he had been told, before saying: "oh, about a month ago," and Ruby sat up, "but he's been the Prosecutor for five years, Bob, he couldn't have been in prison a month ago!" and even Woody reluctantly admitted that it was about seven years ago that he'd been done out of the house he liked, and a glum silence fell over them as they digested these, seemingly conclusive, facts, until MacFarlane said: "unless he can travel backwards and forwards in Time, of course!"

(by MissTeriWoman)
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